Notebook: Scott Diamond accepts assignment, will pitch at Rochester
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Scott Diamond came to the Twins as a Rule 5 draftee. Now, he's chosen to stay with the organization that gave him his big break.
The Twins placed Diamond on waivers and he cleared, meaning he could be assigned to the minor leagues. But since Diamond had been through the process before, he had the contractual right to refuse that assignment and become a free agent.
He chose to stay.
The Twins announced Saturday that Diamond has accepted his assignment to class Triple-A Rochester, where the lefthander likely will be a starter in the rotation.
It makes sense for Diamond -- who had an outside shot to latch on as a starter with another club -- to stay in the organization. The Twins' rotation currently has five right-handed pitchers and no lefties.
If he's close to the pitcher who went 12-9 with a 3.54 ERA in 2012* for the Twins, Diamond is considered one of the next in line should a starter get hurt.
Diamond went 6-13 with a 5.43 ERA, 3.57 strikeouts per nine innings, and 2.47 walks per nine innings in 2013.
*While those numbers don't have much future predictive value, he did record them and he was the most consistent starting option that season. His 2012 peripheral numbers -- 4.68 strikeouts per nine innings and 1.61 walks per nine in 173 innings -- suggest he relied on his defense quite a bit. He won't strike out many batters and won't walk many, instead relying on batted balls to turn into outs.
Rohlfing cut; Kubel, Bartlett make team
The third catcher left in camp, Dan Rohlfing, was cut Saturday. He was rassigned to minor league camp. That leaves 25 players in spring training ahead of Sunday's roster deadline.
The 25-man roster has 12 pitchers, 7 infielders, 4 outfielders and 2 catchers.
The Twins also officially selected the contracts of non-roster players Jason Bartlett and Jason Kubel. They're added to the 40-man roster, which now has 38 players on it.
Colabello's new number
Backup first baseman Chris Colabello has changed from No. 55 to No. 20, according to Twins PR Director Dustin Morse.